Surnames Starting with M

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Ma Chinese
From Chinese () meaning "horse".
Maas Dutch, Low German
From the given name Maas.
Mac Alastair Irish
Irish Gaelic form of McAlister.
MacAlastair Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of McAlister.
Mac Amhalghaidh Irish
Irish Gaelic form of McCauley.
MacAmhalghaidh Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of McCauley.
Mac an Baird Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of Mac an Bhaird (see Ward 2).
Mac an Bhaird Irish
Irish Gaelic form of Ward 2.
Mac an Fhilidh Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of McNeilly.
Mac an Fleisdeir Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of Lister.
Mac Aodha Irish
Means "son of Aodh" in Irish.
Mac Aodhagáin Irish
Irish Gaelic form of Keegan.
MacAoidh Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of Mac Aodha.
MacAonghais Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of MacInnes.
Macar Turkish
Means "Hungarian" in Turkish.
MacBeth Scottish
Derived from the Gaelic given name Mac Beatha meaning "son of life", which denoted a man of religious devotion. This was the name of an 11th-century Scottish king, and the name of a play based on his life by William Shakespeare.
Mac Branáin Irish
Means "son of Branán" in Irish. The given name Branán is a diminutive of Bran 1.
Mac Cába Irish
Irish form of McCabe.
MacCàba Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of McCabe.
Mac Cadáin Irish
Irish Gaelic form of Caden.
MacCailein Scottish Gaelic
Means "son of Cailean" in Gaelic.
MacCallion Scottish
Anglicized form of MacCailein.
MacCallum Scottish
Anglicized form of Scottish Gaelic MacColuim meaning "son of Columba".
MacCarrick Irish
Means "son of Cúcharraige" in Irish. The given name Cúcharraige is composed of "hound" and carraig "rock".
Mac Cárthaigh Irish
Irish Gaelic form of McCarthy.
MacChruim Scottish Gaelic
Means "son of Crum", where Crum is a Gaelic byname meaning "bent".
Mac Cionaodha Irish
Irish Gaelic form of McKenna.
MacCionaodha Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of McKenna.
Mac Cléirich Irish
Means "son of the clerk" in Irish.
MacClery Irish
Anglicized form of Mac Cléirich.
Mac Cnáimhín Irish
Means "son of Cnámh". The Irish given name Cnámh means "bone".
MacCoinnich Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of MacKenzie.
MacColuim Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of MacCallum.
Mac Conmara Irish
Irish Gaelic form of McNamara.
Mac Cormaic Irish
Irish Gaelic form of McCormick.
MacCormaic Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of McCormick.
MacCoughlan Irish
Means "son of Cochlán". The given name Cochlán is derived from Irish cochal meaning "cape" or "hood".
MacCrum Scottish
Anglicized form of MacChruim.
MacCrumb Scottish
Anglicized form of MacChruim.
Mac Daibhéid Irish
Irish Gaelic form of McDevitt.
MacDhòmhnaill Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of MacDonald.
MacDhubhghaill Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of MacDougall.
Mac Dhuibh Scottish Gaelic
Means "son of Dubh", where the byname Dubh means "dark".
Mac Dhuibhinse Irish
Irish Gaelic form of Vincent 2.
Mac Dhuibhshíthe Irish
Means "son of Duibhshíth" in Irish. The given name Duibhshíth means "black peace".
Mac Diarmada Irish
Irish Gaelic form of McDermott.
MacDonald Scottish
Anglicized form of Scottish Gaelic MacDhòmhnaill meaning "son of Donald". It originates from the Highland clan Donald.
MacDougall Scottish
Means "son of Dougal" in Gaelic.
MacDuff Scottish
Anglicized form of Mac Dhuibh.
Mac Eachairn Scottish Gaelic
Means "son of Eacharn", where the given name Eacharn is from the Old Irish name Echthigern.
MacEachern Scottish
Anglicized form of Mac Eachairn.
MacEalair Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of McKellar.
MacEanruig Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of McKendrick.
Macek Czech
Derived from a diminutive of the given name Matěj.
Mac Eoghain Irish
Means "son of Eoghan" in Irish.
MacEòghainn Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of Mac Eoghain.
Macey English
Variant of Massey.
MacFhionnlaigh Scottish Gaelic
Means "son of Fionnlagh" in Scottish Gaelic.
Mac Fhlannchaidh Irish
Irish Gaelic form of Clancy.
Mac Ghabhann Irish
Means "son of the smith" in Irish.
MacGillEain Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of McLean.
Mac Giolla Bhrighde Irish
Means "son of the servant of Brighid" in Irish.
Mac Giolla Dhuibh Irish
Irish Gaelic form of Kilduff.
Mac Giolla Eoin Irish
Irish Gaelic form of McLean.
Mac Giolla Rí Irish
Means "son of the king's servant" in Irish.
Mac Giolla Ruaidh Irish
Means "son of the red-haired servant" in Irish.
MacGowan Irish
Anglicized form of Mac Ghabhann.
MacGregor Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic MacGriogair meaning "son of Gregor". It originates from the Highland clan Gregor. A famous bearer was the Scottish folk hero Rob Roy MacGregor (1671-1734).
MacGriogair Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of MacGregor.
Machado Portuguese, Spanish
Denoted a person who made or used hatchets, derived from Spanish and Portuguese machado "hatchet", both from Latin marculus "little hammer".
Macháň Czech
Derived from the given name Mach, a Czech diminutive of Matěj and other given names beginning with Ma.
Macías Spanish
Derived from the given name Mateo.
MacInnes Scottish
Anglicized form of Scottish Gaelic Mac Aonghais meaning "son of Aonghas".
Mac Íomhair Irish
Irish Gaelic form of McIver.
MacIomhair Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of McIver.
MacKay Scottish
Anglicized form of MacAoidh.
MacKenzie Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic MacCoinnich meaning "son of Coinneach". It originates from the Kintail area of Scotland on the northwest coast.
MacLeòid Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of McLeod.
Mac Maghnuis Irish
Irish Gaelic form of McManus.
Mac Mathghamhna Irish
Irish Gaelic form of McMahon.
Mac Naoimhín Irish
Means "son of Naomhán" in Irish.
Mac Neachtain Irish
Means "son of Nechtan" in Irish.
Mac Néill Irish
Irish form of McNeil.
MacNèill Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of McNeil.
MacNevin Irish
Anglicized form of Mac Naoimhín.
Mac Niadh Irish
Means "son of Niadh" in Irish. The given name Niadh means "champion".
MacNiven Scottish
Anglicized form of Mac Naoimhín.
Mac Óda Irish
Means "son of Odo" in Irish.
Maçon French
French cognate of Mason.
Mac Pharlain Irish
Irish Gaelic form of McFarlane.
MacPhàrlain Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of McFarlane.
MacQueen Scottish
Anglicized form of Mac Shuibhne.
MacRae Scottish
Variant of McRae.
MacRuaraidh Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of McCrory.
Mac Síthigh Irish
Irish Gaelic form of McSheehy.
Mac Suibhne Irish
Means "son of Suibhne" in Irish.
MacTàmhais Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of McTavish.
Mac Thaidhg Irish
Irish Gaelic form of McCaig.
MacThaoig Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of McCaig.
Mac Uileagóid Irish
Irish Gaelic form of McElligott.
MacWilliam Scottish
Means "son of William" in Gaelic.
Macy English
Variant of Massey.
Madden Irish
Anglicized form of Ó Madaidhín.
Maddox Welsh
Derived from the given name Madoc.
Madeira Portuguese
Occupational name for a carpenter, from Portuguese madeira "wood".
Madigan Irish
Anglicized form of Ó Madaidhín.
Madison English
Means "son of Maud". A famous bearer of this surname was the fourth American president James Madison (1751-1836).
Madsen Danish
Means "son of Mads".
Maeda Japanese
From Japanese (mae) meaning "front, forward" and (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
Maekawa Japanese
From Japanese (mae) meaning "front, forward" and (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Maes Flemish
Flemish form of Maas.
Maessen Dutch
Means "son of Maas".
Maestri Italian
Means "master" in Italian.
Magalhães Portuguese
Denoted a person hailing from one of the numerous minor places of this name in Portugal, possibly of Celtic origin.
Mag Aonghuis Irish
Irish Gaelic form of McGuinness.
Magee Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Mac Aodha.
Mag Eochadha Irish
Irish Gaelic form of McGough.
Mägi Estonian
Means "hill, mountain" in Estonian.
Magnusson Swedish
Means "son of Magnus".
Magorian Irish
Possibly a variant of McGowan or McGovern.
Magro Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From a nickname meaning "thin, lean", ultimately from Latin macer.
Mag Shamhradháin Irish
Irish Gaelic form of McGovern.
Mag Uidhir Irish
Irish Gaelic form of McGuire.
Maguire Irish
Variant of McGuire.
Magyar Hungarian
Means "Hungarian" in Hungarian.
Mah Chinese
Alternate transcription of Chinese (see Ma).
Mahoney Irish
Anglicized form of the Irish Ó Mathghamhna meaning "descendant of Mathgamain".
Maina Eastern African, Kikuyu
Derived from the given name Maina.
Maisuradze Georgian
From Georgian მაისურა (maisura) meaning "shirt", an occupational name for one who made or sold them.
Majewski Polish
Derived from Polish maj meaning "May". It may have been given in reference to the month the bearer was baptized.
Mäkelä Finnish
Means "the place of the hill" in Finnish.
Maki 1 Japanese
From Japanese (maki) meaning "shepherd, tend cattle".
Maki 2 Japanese
From Japanese (ma) meaning "real, genuine" and (ki) meaning "tree".
Mäkinen Finnish
Derived from Finnish mäki meaning "hill".
Maksimov Russian
Means "son of Maksim".
Maldonado Spanish
From a nickname meaning "badly given, ill-favoured" in Spanish.
Malinowski Polish
From Polish malina meaning "raspberry", originally indicating a person who lived near a raspberry patch.
Malley Irish
Anglicized form of Ó Máille.
Mallon Irish
Variant of Malone.
Mallory English
From Old French maloret meaning "unfortunate, unlucky", a term introduced to England by the Normans.
Malloye Irish
Variant of Molloy.
Malone Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Maoil Eoin meaning "descendant of a disciple of Saint John".
Mały Polish
Polish cognate of Malý.
Malý Czech
Means "small" in Czech.
Man Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Wen.
Mancini Italian
Diminutive of Manco.
Manco Italian
Means "left-handed" in Italian, derived from Latin mancus meaning "maimed".
Mancuso Sicilian
Sicilian variant of Manco.
Mandel German, Yiddish
Means "almond" in German, an occupational name for a grower or seller, or a topographic name for a person who lived near an almond tree. As a Jewish name it is ornamental.
Mandelbaum Jewish
Means "almond tree" in German.
Manfredi Italian
Derived from the given name Manfredo.
Manfredonia Italian
Originally indicated a person from Manfredonia, Italy. The city was named for the 13th-century King Manfred of Sicily.
Mangold German
From the given name Managold.
Mann German, English
From a nickname meaning "man". This may have originally been given in order to distinguish the bearer from a younger person with the same name.
Mantovani Italian
From the name of the city of Mantua in Lombardy, northern Italy (Mantova in Italian).
Manz German
From a diminutive of the given name Managold.
Maradona Spanish
From the name of a place near Lugo in northern Spain. A notable bearer is the former Argentinian soccer star Diego Maradona (1960-).
Marangoz Turkish
Occupational name meaning "joiner, carpenter" in Turkish.
Marchand English, French
Occupational name meaning "merchant", ultimately from Latin mercari "to trade".
Marchegiano Italian
From the name of the Marche region in Italy, derived from Late Latin marca meaning "borderland". It was the real surname of the American boxer Rocky Marciano (1923-1969), who was born Rocco Marchegiano.
Marchesi Italian
From the Italian title marchese meaning "marquis". It was probably a nickname for a person who behaved like a marquis or worked in the household of a marquis.
Marchetti Italian
From a diminutive of the given name Marco.
Marchi Italian
Derived from the given name Marco.
Marchioni Italian
Possibly from the given name Melchiorre or the compound name Marco Giovanni.
Marco Spanish, Italian
From the given name Marco.
Marconi Italian
Derived from the given name Marco.
Mårdh Swedish
From Swedish mård meaning "pine marten".
Marek Polish, Czech, Slovak
Derived from the given name Marek.
Mari Italian
Aphetic form of Altimari.
María Spanish
From the given the name María.
Maria Italian, Portuguese
From the given the name Maria.
Mariani Italian
From the given name Mariano.
Marić Croatian, Serbian
Means "son of Marija".
Marie French
From the given name Marie.
Marín Spanish
Derived from the given name Marino.
Marin Romanian, French
From the given name Marin.
Marini Italian
Derived from the given name Marino.
Marino Italian, Spanish
Derived from the given name Marino.
Marinos Greek
Derived from the given name Marinos.
Marinov Bulgarian
Means "son of Marin".
Marion French
Derived from the given name Marion 1.
Mark English
Derived from the given name Mark.
Markey Irish
From the Irish Ó Marcaigh meaning "descendant of Marcach", a given name meaning "horse rider".
Markó Hungarian
Derived from the given name Márk.
Markov Bulgarian, Russian
Means "son of Marko or Mark".
Markusson Swedish
Means "son of Markus".
Marley English
Originally denoted a person who hailed from one of the various places in Britain called Marley, ultimately meaning either "pleasant wood", "boundary wood" or "marten wood" in Old English. One of the main characters in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (1843) bears this surname.
Marlow English
Originally a name for a person from Marlow in Buckinghamshire, England. The place name means "remnants of a lake" from Old English mere "lake" and lafe "remnants, remains". A notable bearer was the English playwright and poet Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593).
Marmo Italian
Means "marble" in Italian, possibly indicating a person who lived near a quarry or one who worked with marble.
Marquardt German
From Old High German marka "border, boundary" and wart "protector". This was an occupational name for a border guard.
Marquering Dutch
Possibly a Dutch form of Marquardt.
Marques Portuguese
Means "son of Marcos".
Márquez Spanish
Means "son of Marcos".
Marsden English
From a place name derived from Old English mearc "boundary" and denu "valley".
Marsh English
Originally denoted one who lived near a marsh or bog, derived from Old English mersc "marsh".
Marshall English
Derived from Middle English mareschal "marshal", ultimately from Germanic marah "horse" and scalc "servant". It originally referred to someone who took care of horses.
Marston English
From a place name derived from Old English mersc "marsh" and tun "enclosure".
Marszałek Polish
Polish cognate of Marshall.
Martel 1 English, French
Derived from the given name Martel, a medieval diminutive of Martin.
Martel 2 French, English
Nickname for a smith, derived from Old French martel "hammer", ultimately from Late Latin martellus.
Martelli Italian
Italian form of Martel 2.
Martens Dutch, Flemish
Means "son of Marten".
Mårtensson Swedish
Means "son of Mårten".
Martí Catalan
Derived from the given name Martí.
Martikainen Finnish
From a diminutive of the given name Martti.
Martín Spanish
Derived from the given name Martín.
Martin English, French, German, Swedish
Derived from the given name Martin. This is the most common surname in France.
Martínek Czech
Derived from the given name Martin.
Martinelli Italian
From a diminutive of the given name Martino.
Martínez Spanish
Means "son of Martín" in Spanish.
Martini Italian
Derived from the given name Martino.
Martinov Bulgarian
Means "son of Martin".
Martins English, Portuguese
Derived from the given name Martin.
Martinson English
Means "son of Martin".
Martinsson Swedish
Means "son of Martin".
Márton Hungarian
Derived from the given name Márton.
Martz German
Derived from an old diminutive of Martin.
Marušić Croatian
Matronymic name meaning "son of Marija".
Maruška Czech
Derived from the given name Marie.
Marvin English
Derived from the Welsh given name Merfyn or the Old English name Mærwine.
Mas 1 Catalan
Means "farmhouse" in Catalan.
Mašek Czech
Derived from the given name Mašek, which can be a diminutive of either Matěj or Tomáš.
Máselník Czech
Referred to one who churned or sold butter or buttermilk, derived from Czech máslo "butter".
Masi Italian
From the given name Maso a short form of Tommaso.
Masin Italian
Venetian variant of Masi.
Maślanka Polish
Polish cognate of Máselník.
Mason English
Occupational name for a stoneworker or layer of bricks, from Old French masson, ultimately of Germanic origin (akin to Old English macian "to make").
Massey English
Derived from Massy, the name of several towns in France. The name of the town is perhaps derived from a personal name that was Latinized as Maccius.
Masson 2 French
From a short form of the given name Thomasson, itself a diminutive of Thomas.
Masterson English
Patronymic derived from Middle English maister meaning "master", via Old French from Latin magister.
Mata Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan
From Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan mata meaning "trees, shrubs", possibly from Late Latin matta meaning "reed mat".
Mataracı Turkish
Occupational name for a person who made water bottles or flasks, from Turkish matara "flask".
Mateev Bulgarian
Means "son of Matey".
Matei Romanian
Derived from the given name Matei.
Matějka Czech
Derived from the given name Matěj.
Mateu Catalan
Derived from the given name Mateu.
Mateus Portuguese
From the given name Mateus.
Matevosian Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Մաթեւոսյան (see Matevosyan).
Matevosyan Armenian
Means "son of Matevos".
Mathers English
Occupational name meaning "mower, cutter of hay" in Old English.
Matheson Scottish
Means "son of Matthew".
Mathews English
Derived from the given name Matthew.